If you have been flipping the the beauty magazines or been shown by your beautician these tiny vials of beauty elixir and wonder what they are, here is the 101 of these beauty goodness. Let’s start with understanding what toner is..
Following make up remover and cleansing, the 3rd step is toning. First and foremost, toners help balance the pH of skin. Skin’s optimal pH ranges from 4.5-6.2 and it can be thrown off by cleansing. A toner can help neutralize these effects and keep your skin from becoming too dry or oily after you wash your face. It also serves to remove those last traces of makeup you may have missed with your cleanser. They have also been boosted with antioxidants, soothing agents, and vital hydration.
Essences are the heart of the French Anti Aging Skin Care routine, these liquids lend a major boost in skin nutrition. They can contain oily, gel or liquid textured product for regeneration, radiance, hydrating, sensitive, purifying to eye care. Proper hydration is what gives skin that glowing, lit from within look. Additionally, having a healthy hydrated skin barrier prevents issues like irritation and allows your complexion to be radiant. Beyond hydration, many essences also contain antioxidants and minerals to help nourish skin.
My favorite: Maria Galland Gold Essence for the botox like effect for lifting and radiance.
Serums are emollient gel-like substances often feature heavy-hitting ingredients meant to really target and treat skin issues like dark spots, wrinkles and dullness. Usually, serums are thought to have a more viscous texture then essence. Recently to meet the consumers’ demand for a simpler skincare routine as most are time strapped, most brands focuses on application of either one of these tonics.
My favorite: Guinot Liftosome Serum which help soothe, lift and hydrate the skin.
Ampoules are considered to be more concentrated version of a serum, think of it as a booster shot. They often contain a higher number of active ingredients and are used for a finite amount of time. The 7 ampoules for 7 days of application is generally reserved for the big event or after a major skin crisis. As they are generally sealed in a specially made glass vial. Once ‘popped’, to be used within 24 hours.
My favorite: Babor Purifying Ampoule which helps to heal blemished skin with its antibacterial, anti-inflammation with sebum balancing effects.
I prefer that we keep our day or night home skincare routine to one brand at one time. Especially the essence/serum/ampoule and its moisturizer. This is to enhance the effect of the complementary ingredients within the same brand.
Though it is fine to layer products, I am a big fan of mosaic application instead. Specifically, identify the face into at least 2 areas + eye, and apply the tonic accordingly. Generally, an anti wrinkle tonic on the forehead, laughter line and neck, a hydrating or glow tonic on the cheeks or a purifying/sensitive tonic on affected area. This will help to balance the skin as required.
This article as part of the Skin Care in Singapore series, hope you have enjoyed reading.